Ron Durst

Acting Branch Chief


Ron Durst is Acting Branch Chief of the Farm Economy Branch of the Resource Economics Division (RED) at ERS. Long-term research interests include a wide range of topics relating to the effects of Federal tax policies on farm households and the rural economy.


Ron received an MS in Agricultural Economics and a law degree from West Virginia University. He also received an LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University.

Selected Publications:

Durst R., Monke, J., 2001, Effects of Federal Tax Policy on Agriculture, Agricultural Economic Report, AER 800, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, April, 52 pp.

Durst R., "Federal Tax Policy and Farmers: A Current Perspective and Outlook," Agricultural Outlook Forum 2004, Arlington, VA, February 19, 2004, 15 pp.

Mishra A., Durst, R., El Osta, H., How Do U.S. Farmers Plan for Retirement?, Amber Waves, Economic, Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Vol. 3, April 2005, pp. 12-18.

Durst, R., Monke, J., Maxwell, D., 2002, How Will the Phaseout of Federal Estate Taxes Affect Farmers?, Agricultural Information Bulletin, AIB 751-02, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, February, 8 p.

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